Professional Media | April 1, 2013

Dictionary of Information Science and Technology. 2d ed. 2 vols. IGI Global. 2012. 1694p. ed. by Mehdi Khosrow-Pour. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781466626249. $545. PRO MEDIA

The ever-expanding new terminology and resources in information science and technology (IST) prompted this revised two-volume edition of Khosrow-Pour’s (president & publisher, IGI Global) classic work. It provides the latest IST terms, acronyms, and definitions with multiple authors contributing the definitions of 12,000 terms and acronyms in this print subset of IGI Global’s InfoSci-Dictionary database, which contains 30,000 definitions. Major topics in the dictionary include e-commerce, e-government and mobile commerce; global IT management; mobile computing; open-source technologies and systems; and virtual communities and IT. The dictionary is comprehensive enough for individuals advanced in the field yet straightforward enough for a newcomer to grasp the knowledge to be successful in IST. Most definitions are concise; acronyms are cross-referenced to their spelled-out terms, where the definitions are placed. Each term is referenced to the source from which its definition is taken, and most of these are relatively current. VERDICT This is a highly specialized reference work for a specific group of professionals, both novice and more experienced, who will appreciate its usefulness and efficiency.—William Garrett, Troy Univ. Lib., AL

mobile Professional Media | April 1, 2013OrangeReviewStar Professional Media | April 1, 2013Walsh, Andrew. Using Mobile Technology To Deliver Library Services: A Handbook. Scarecrow. 2012. 160p. notes. index. ISBN 9780810887572. pap. $80. PRO MEDIA

In this handbook, Walsh (librarian, Univ. of Huddersfield, UK) provides a practical exploration of how mobile technologies can aid library service. After presenting an overview of the subject, he details a study examining the mobile services students want in an academic library context, effectively illustrating how the findings also apply to nonacademic contexts. He explores “fixed” information literacy (users search for and access resources in a “fixed” context with a suite of established tools) and “mobile” information literacy (users do not have a full suite of tools and are often doing more limited tasks using more limited resources). Examining how search behavior differs across devices helps determine the types of mobile options that might be most valuable for libraries. Walsh gives specific examples of how mobile technologies are being used, ranging from roving librarianship and applications in teaching to mobile use of ebooks, and discusses how such technologies can help with librarians’ productivity and professional development. Each chapter includes case studies of real-world applications in various library contexts, including not just the UK, but also Canada, the States, and Australia. VERDICT Well written, clear, engaging, and applicable to many different types of libraries, this highly recommended work is a must-have for librarians wondering, “Is there an app for that?”—Candice Kail, Columbia Univ. Libs., New York


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